The Seven Last Words of Jesus – Rev. David M. Lockhart






 THE FIRST WORD – Father, forgive them, they know not what they do   cross

“Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do ( Luke 23:34).


Maybe there is a time in your life when someone hurts you deeply. It breaks your heart beyond the point of forgiveness. Jesus says forgive them for they know not what they do, because those who crucify him know not who he is. Maybe the person who hurts you deeply knows exactly what they do, but even if they know what they do to you is wrong, you still must forgive as Jesus forgives. When you confess Jesus as Savior and Lord, you know God wants you to forgive the one who hurts you deeply, just as Jesus forgives those who crucify him. The Bible tells us God forgive the sins of those who forgive the sins of others. If we forgive not the sins of those who sins against us, doing us wrong, then God forgives us not for our sins. Forgiveness is not debatable, no matter how deeply others hurt us, we can do nothing less than forgive them. When we forgive, we do it for us more than we do it for others; we forgive so God can forgive us. Think about it today, is there someone who hurts you deeply beyond the point of forgiveness that you never forgave? I pray you ask God for strength to forgive them, so God can forgive you for your sins. When you do forgive,  you feel the freedom that forgiveness brings and the joy of knowing you become like Jesus, forgiving.



THE SECOND WORD – This day thou shalt be with me in paradisecross

“Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise ( Luke 23:43).”


As Jesus hangs between two criminals, one of them begins to make fun of him saying, “If you are the Christ, come down from the cross and save yourself and us.  The other criminal speaks up for Jesus, saying, “do not you fear God?  We are getting what we deserve, but this man did no wrong.  Then he speaks to Jesus, saying, “when you come into your kingdom remember me.”  Jesus answers him, saying, ” today you be with me in Paradise.”  Jesus not only looks at us, but through us.  He looks into our hearts and knows all about us; he is an x-ray technician.  No matter how old you are, no matter your past, when you confess your sins and accept Jesus as the Lord of your life, you spend the rest of your life in Paradise when you die. One criminal who crucify with Jesus believes  he is the Son of God.   And believing he says to Jesus, “When you come into your kingdom remember me.”  The criminal’s faith amazes.   He never sees Jesus raise Lazarus from the dead, and yet he believes.  He is not at the wedding feast to drink the water Jesus turns into wine, and yet he believes. He is not there when Jesus feeds five thousand with two fish and five loads of bread, and yet he believes the grave cannot hold Jesus. He never baptizes in the river Jordan, and yet he believes Jesus’ death is not the end of his own life.  He knows  both he and Jesus soon die on a rugged cross, but he believes in eternal life.   The criminal believes Jesus has power to get up out of the grave; he also believes Jesus has the power to resurrect him and give him a home in his kingdom.  Jesus calls his kingdom, Paradise.  If you want to live in Paradise with Jesus the invitation is open today.  Whoever will let them come?   Jesus says, I stand at the door and knock, whoever hears my voice, I will open and let them into Paradise.  Don’t fear, Jesus forgive you of your sins; you are worthy of Paradise, because Jesus die for your sins.



THE THIRD WORD – Woman, behold you son.  Son,  behold your mother.cross

“When Jesus sees his mother, he said to his mother: “Woman, this is your son.” Then he said to the disciple: “This is your mother ( John 19:26-17).


Even on the cross,   Jesus remembers his mother; he is concern about her.   He knows that death separates him from his mother and her needs.  She is standing at the cross, watching his suffering, because she loves him; she cares.  Our mothers care for us, and we should care for them.  We should never forget our mother’s sacrifices to make us who we are today.  When discourage our mothers encourages,  and when we feel down-and-out, our mothers inspire us to greatness.  We achieve goals  we never thought were possible, because of our mothers prayers, kind words, and never ending devotion. Some forget about mother, but Jesus’ remembrance of his mother as he dies on a cross inspires us to do the same.  It is heartbreaking to visit nursing  homes and hear the stories of forgotten mothers whose children never call or visit.   Now is the time to “behold your mother,” beholding your mother is looking at her and seeing her need of you.  She needs you to give her some of your time, spending time with your mother is love in action.  Never forget to give her the praise she is due.

Jesus sees his mother, Mary, standing in the small crowd with those who are not afraid of the Rome soldiers: he speaks to her.  Jesus says to his mother, John is now your son.  He sees John, the disciple he loves, standing close to his mother. Jesus speaks to John: “Mary is now your mother.”  Mary and John are with Jesus at his death, because they love him. Jesus knows the love they have for him is the same love that bonds them together as mother and son. The siblings of Jesus are not in the small crowd that gathers at his death. John stands with him, and it is John who Jesus entrust with his mother.  Mary is now as much the mother of John as she is the mother of Jesus and his birth siblings. How can this be? While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!  For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother (Matthew 12:46-50).



THE FOURTH WORD – My God, my God, Why hast thou forsaken mecross

And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice,  “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me (Matthew 27:46)?”


Sometimes our cross is so heavy that we feel God is not with us.  This is how Jesus feel as he dies on thecross.  Jesus feels abandoned of God as he crucifies doing the will of God.  He knows it is God’s will that he dies, and yet he feels God leaves his alone to do God’s will.  In life there comes difficult times when we see no way out of the darkness, and so we feel like giving up.  When these difficult times comes, remember that Jesus knows how we feel and understands the dark days of our lives, because he suffers the darkness of Calvary.  Jesus dies on Calvary’s cross to give us hope in darkness.  In our darkness, we chase away feelings of abandonment, knowing that Jesus understanding darkness, and promise his presence.  Jesus promises us that he never leaves us, and he promises us that he never abandon us.  The promise of Jesus is also this: “I am with you, even until the end of the world.”  In life, there comes dark days and feelings of abandonment, but faith in the promises of God gives us assurance that Jesus is with us.



THE FIFTH WORD – I  thirst cross

Jesus  knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, ” I thirst ( John 19:28).”


In life we endure physical pain.  Sometimes the pain become unbearable and we need relief.  Jesus feels the pain of crucifixion; he is like us and understands how we feel when suffering.  As he hangs on the cross of Calvary he speaks of his thirst.  When Jesus speaks of his thirst, he assurance us he is like us.   Jesus suffers in life, so we better understand that suffering comes with living, although we do not fully understand  why the righteous suffer. When we suffer, we thirst for relief. Those who lose a child, thirst; those who lose a parent, thirst, and those who suffer sickness.  In 2007, I am diagnosed with cancer.  My cancer diagnosis comes with physical, emotional, and spiritual pain.  It was difficult, knowing that I give my life to Christ and serve others for Christ.  I thirst for some relief, and found it in the word of God: “ The Lord is my light and salvation; whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I fear (Psalms 27:1).  The word of God gives me a deep peace, and I find relief. Without the words, “I thirst” we would have no evidence of the impact of crucifixion on the body of Jesus.  He thirst from walking with a cross on his back; he thirst from losing body fluids and enduring  crucifixion.   There is pain in crucifixion, but Jesus speaks not of his pain; he speaks of his thirst.  He didn’t have to speak, Jesus could have said nothing, but he speaks to fulfill prophecy.  On the cross, he speaks of his thirst, knowing they fill a sponge with vinegar and put it on a hyssop branch and put it to his mouth.   When Jesus receives the vinegar, it is a sign that his death is the plan of God.  Psalms 69:21 tells the story of what happens to Jesus on Calvary’s cross.  “ They gave me also gall for my meat; and in my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink (Psalms 69:21).”   The death of Jesus on a cross is not in the hands of men; it is the plan of God,  redeeming the world.



SIXTH WORD –  It is finish       cross   

They put a sponge soaked in wine on hyssop and put it up to his mouth. When Jesus had receive the wine, he said, ” It is
 finished; and he bowed his head and handed over the spirit (John 19:30).”


Jesus went through a lot to finish his earthly mission.  He had to go through rejection, betrayal, injustice,  plots, and denials.  And he had to go through carrying a heavy cross and crucifixion.  If we are to do as Jesus did, finish our mission, we must prepare for some unhappy days.  It is no surprise to  Christians that unhappy days come, because Jesus already told us that in this world we would have tribulations, unhappiness and suffering: trouble.  Jesus tells us not to worry about unhappy day; Jesus tells us to cheer, because he overcomes the world.  He overcomes the world when he dies on the cross and finish his earthly mission.  When Jesus says, “it is finish,” he at that moment overcomes the world, paying the price for our redemption with his precious blood.  We are free from sin and death; his earthly mission is perform: it is finish.  The gospel song writer, Milton Brunson, speaks of the freedom that the finish works of Jesus brings,  singing:

I’m free_Praise the Lord_I’m free_ no longer bound_ no more chains holding me_

My soul is resting_ it’s just a bless_ Praise the Lord_ Hallelujah_I’m free_



SEVENTH  WORD –  Father into your hands I committ my spirit       cross   

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into you hands I
commend my spirit ( Luke 23:46)


Jesus finishes his work here on the earth, dying on the cross, redeeming the world. Death is just a breath away; Jesus knows he must go down in the grave and conquer death and the grave. When he goes down in the grave, he wants protection from the power of death to hold him. Death never losses; death keeps down those who come down. Jesus knows his mission is to conquer death and the grave, and he knows he conquers death when God raises him. He gives his life for the sins of the world, entrusting God to raise him after three days.

Jesus gives us the example of what we must do as believers when we breathe our last breath. All who believe God raises Jesus from the dead (Romans 10:9) also believe that God raises believers from the dead. When we die, we die doing what Jesus did; and we die saying what Jesus said: “Father, into your hands I commend, commit, my spirit.” We die trusting God to raise us up as God rises Jesus. What peace we have at death, knowing what to do: we put our spirits into the hands of God until that day when the dead in Christ rises to live forever in our heavenly home ( I Thessalonians 4).